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Toward a Critique of the Economic Platform of the Opposition

(The Lessons of October 1923)
ByRichard B. Day

The economic and financial crises that began at the end of July of this year, with all the resulting political consequences, including those within the party, have inexorably revealed the inadequacy of the leadership of the party, both in the economic realm and, even more so, in the realm of internal party relations. A Marxist who arrived from the capitalist world would be struck, above all, by reference in this argument to collaboration among classes; he would probably be even more struck by the claim that the bourgeoisie is also admitted into this collaboration. The dictatorship of the proletariat, or the proletarian class, organized as the state power, by no means has a uniform relationship to all the classes living under this “political superstructure.” The state power of the proletariat works through this type of collaboration as well. But in this case also, it does not cease to be a proletarian power, based on the peasants and leading them.